MAKING SENSE OF THE DIFFERENT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY STYLES

Thursday, August 18, 2016

I have been wanting to write this blog for some time as I have had several couples jump into hiring a photographer right away without doing their research. Where the photographer they hired didn't fit their style of wedding photography they were imagining, leaving them in almost tears when they received their wedding photos back. 

Hiring a wedding photographer can be one of the most important vendors for your wedding and the struggle can be real trying to understand all the different types of wedding photographer styles out there. You might have your Mom suggesting Aunt Mary, because she posted some really great photos on her Facebook and she would offer her services for free. But you might not be crazy on all of her posed shoots. Or, you might have one of your friends that just got married recommending her photographer, but you're not really loving all the serious church shots. 

There is no one size fits all, which is why it is so important for you as a couple to first determine which photography style you love the most. Because at the end of the day, you two are going to be the ones looking at these photos for the rest of your life and the last thing you want to do is be unhappy with them. Check out the 3 main photography styles below and what they are all about. Once you determine what photography style makes your heart flutter, search the area for that specific type of photographer and check out their portfolio on their website. Or, I would be more than happy to give you some local recommendations for some fabulous photographers!

1. The Traditional Photographer
This photographer leans towards posed photos that need to be setup, with time spent on portraits and wedding day milestones such as first kiss, first dance, cake cutting and group shots with Great Grandpa Bob. The photographer will bring artificial lighting and possibly a backdrop. They will shoot a lot of frames to get the perfect picture and interact heavily with the guests, so be sure their personality is on point. Keep in mind trying to capture those perfect pictures requires a lot more time and can take 2 hours or longer. 

2. Photojournalist, Reportage & Documentary Photographer
This photographer strives to document the day as it unfolds, to tell a a story. Their unscripted and candid photos as the events are unfolding have more of a modern look than traditional wedding photography. A photojournalist who shoots on the fly may not use artificial lighting and instead use more natural lighting. Some documentary photographers won't setup portraits at all, while others are more flexible. Find out and also ask if they would be willing to work from a shot list, as some may not. 

3. Fine Art Photographer
This photographer takes a beautiful artistic approach with a distinct style that is quite different from their contemporaries. They typically have a background in editorial or art and are a pro at editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom. They use somewhat of a traditional element with some of the shots and setup but tend to be stunning unique pieces of art that could be seen hanging in a gallery or wall art for your home. These photographers are style gurus and light years ahead of the average photographer.